GOP 2012 Candidates Walk Tightrope on Immigration

By: Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
By: Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples, Associated Press

Amherst, NH (AP) - Republican candidates for president are
tying themselves in knots over immigration.

Newt Gingrich has called for a "humane" approach but has been
defending that stance from attack by his opponents since he took
it. On Monday, he endorsed a South Carolina measure allowing police to demand a person's immigration status during a traffic stop.

Rick Perry signed legislation in Texas allowing in-state tuition
to children of illegal immigrants. But he campaigned in New
Hampshire Tuesday with hard--line Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
to ease concerns.

Mitt Romney takes a tough stance. But during his 2008 campaign
he endorsed allowing some illegal immigrants to stay in the
country.

Does it matter to voters? Many in early-nominating states say
the economy trumps immigration as an important issue.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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